Attorneys representing multiple same-sex couples from four states told judges from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Wednesday that’s there’s no rational reason for barring same-sex couples from getting married.
“The most basic right we have as a people is to decide public policy questions on our own,” he said.
But attorney Carole Stanyar, who represents the plaintiffs in that case, countered that fundamental constitutional rights shouldn’t be decided in popular votes.
Though the case was narrowly focused at first, it changed significantly when a judge noted that the joint adopting ban was related to Michigan’s bans on gay marriage. So the couple, Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, of suburban Detroit, expanded their lawsuit, and both gay marriage bans were struck down in March.
It’s not known when the judges will rule.
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